Lenten Friday Fish Fry Returns February 16 – March 30     

From Minnesota to New York, the Great Lakes states are all hooked on one end-of-week tradition—the Fish Fry. Prosperity Social Club’s Lenten menu returns Fridays, February 16th through March 30th, and the neighborhood pub is once again ready to show that what started as a Catholic abstinence practice has become a comfort food special too good not to share with all.

“From what I can see, the popularity of this seasonal staple has not waned in Cleveland,” says owner Bonnie Flinner. Flinner is preparing for Prosperity’s 13th Lenten season but the history of a fish fry at the west-side venue goes back another 50 years. “When Stan Dembowski owned 1109 Starkweather Avenue he built up a clientele for his Friday tavern fish fry—something he added to the menu shortly after the end of World War II.”

The Big Fish, Prosperity’s most ordered fry, features a generous portion of flaky haddock covered in a fluffy blanket of beer batter and complemented by crunchy homemade coleslaw, zesty house tartar sauce and rich, creamy old-school mac-and-cheese ($14). Diners hungering for more can always add two homemade potato pierogi ($5) or a piping hot cup ($4) or bowl ($5.50) of made-from-scratch New England clam chowder to any fish dish. Or they can order a Gotta Haddock. This supersized fish fry—with a scoop of mac-and-cheese, side of slaw, cup of chowder AND two potato pierogi with caramelized onions and a dollop of sour cream—has it all for $22.

“As a further nod to Cleveland culinary history, our featured beer will be P.O.C. Pilsener,” says Flinner. “Double Wing Brewing Company recently resurrected the storied ‘Pride of Cleveland’ brand and recreated a version of its clean, cold European-style pils we feel pairs nicely with a fry.”

Prosperity fish dishes will also include a saffron-seasoned seafood paella ($15) and a pan sautéed shrimp piccata served over linguine ($13). Or diners can go truly meat-free with a plate of potato pancakes ($9), farmhouse cheese ($9) or potato pierogi ($10).

Each year Prosperity serves more than 2,200 hand-battered fish fry meals over the seven Fridays of Lent. To meet demand, the kitchen will prepare Friday fish fry specials continuously from 11am until midnight. “Opening earlier in the day definitely gives folks another timing option for their fish fry fix,” explains Flinner. “Plus, we have a couple of smaller sized portions for the midday diners.”  Two lunch-only specials include The Minnow (two pieces of beer battered haddock and slaw) and a fish sandwich (with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun)—both served with tartar sauce, hand cut chips and tangy homemade French onion dip.

Reservations (particularly for large groups of more than 4) are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome too.

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About Prosperity Social Club: Residing in an original 1938 barroom, Prosperity Social Club is open to the public, being a social club only in a figure of speech, behavior and attitude; a tip of the hat to a past era. Prosperity Social Club offers a full-service bar, great microbrews, a variety of affordable wines, performances by an array of talented musicians, a friendly staff and a smart, eclectic clientele. The kitchen stays open for late night dining with a sophisticated, tavern-style menu (that even accommodates vegetarians). It’s a true Cleveland experience.

About Fish Fry-Days at Prosperity: Generous portions of flaky, hand-battered haddock with homemade coleslaw, tartar sauce and mac and cheese is served up every Friday, Feb. 16 – March 30, 2018. Saffron-seasoned seafood paella, tangy shrimp piccata and made-from-scratch New England clam chowder and pierogi also available.  The Tremont neighborhood pub is adding special hours to accommodate diners, with Friday fish fry options available from 11am-12am.

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